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“Beautiful Boutique”
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Hotel San Anselmo
Ranked #41 of 1,256 Hotels in Rome
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Florida
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“Beautiful Boutique”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

My husband and I stayed for four nights around Easter when the city was very busy. The staff was always accommodating and willing to assist with our many questions. When we blew our plug adapter they had spares on hand so we could continue taking a million pictures. They provided champagne and strawberries on arrival since it was our honeymoon. They made reservations for us for dinner. I thought breakfast was fantastic with a variety of meat, cheeses and pastries (a little something for everyone). The common spaces were beautiful. We stayed in the Pompeiana (room 813) which was a standard room. We took a lot of care to pick out this room because it had a huge and amazing bathtub in the photos. Did not disappoint. A beautiful room with a view out onto the garden and the bathtub was amazing after a long day of walking around. Words to the wise that I do not consider negatives - Prepare to walk. The Aventine is not in the middle of everything. But it is very doable. Also, the metro is very usable. Lastly, the beds are a bit harder than what most Americans are used to. But this is not a flaw of the hotel but rather a difference in culture that I point out only so that people are not surprised and think it is something particular to this hotel. Our stay was perfect.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

The Sant'Anselmo hotel on the Aventine Hill is an excellent hotel hosted in a historical building. Renovated in style, akin to boutique hotels, it offers a blend of classic and modern (beautiful and elegant) furniture and decorations, with every room differently styled. The service is excellent (for instance, at check-in you are greeted with a welcome drink), and cleanliness superb. Morning breakfast is rich: I only wished I didn't find three days of bad weather that prevented us from enjoying it outside (there are patios in the back and in the front of the hotel). The hotel is part of a group of three, all located nearby, and a restaurant has been opened recently (though being just a few minutes of walk from Testaccio, we didn't try it).
Keep in mind the being above a hill, if you have to reach it on foot it's a 5/10 minutes walk uphill (from the nearest bus stop).
The Aventine is a residential area with beautiful centuries-old buildings, trees and parks. It's calm, quite and perfect for relaxing.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vashon, Washington
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

There are oranges outside my window.

And yellows and golds. And cypresses and date palms.

Even the deepest nine-hour jet lag yields to the tinkling sounds of tiny birds and a shaft of spring sunlight falling across open luggage and scattered clothes.

Waking up after a night's journey halfway around the world can be disorienting. But to open your eyes in a room in the Hotel San Anselmo is to know you're in Rome.

Near the crest of the Aventine Hill, the San Anselmo is set in a peaceful neighborhood of quiet palazzos, elegant apartments and ancient churches. Down the street are parks with sweeping views of the Eternal City's domes, spires and jagged ruins.

The hotel's decor is a playful modern nod to the city's Baroque heritage, with striped canopies over the windows and inlaid marble bathroom floors. A blast from the dual-head shower followed by a warm towel from the heated racks is steadying enough for a trip down to the airy, orchid-filled breakfast room for the buffet of hot and cold items, included in the hotel's rates. The San Anselmo often hosts managers and consultants with business in the international agencies headquartered in Rome. The morning tables are occupied by serious-looking professionals logged in to the hotel's complimentary wi-fi, flicking intently away at smartphone screens.
There is no restaurant, but the barman is always happy to whip up a toasted panino and pour a glass of prosecco for you to enjoy in an overstuffed chair in the lounge. Or if you'd rather sit on the terrace with a cappucino while reading La Repubblica under the grapevines, you have only to ask.

Service at the San Anselmo is flawless. The staff are pleasant and efficient and graciously see to it that guests' needs are met. From a 3:00 AM wake-up to numerous phone calls and considerable time wrangling with an airline when I mistakenly thought I had left a pair of glasses on the plane, nothing was ever a problem.

And who needs a hotel restaurant when you are a few blocks' walk down a curving cobblestoned street from some of Rome's best dining? At the foot of the Aventine Hill, across the jumbled traffic of the Via Marmorata, lies the Testaccio neighborhood. Historically the site of the city's butchers, it's still the place to go to sample Rome's traditional snout-to-tail cuisine.

Testaccio is also home to the famous Volpetti deli, a jewelry shop of the finest delicacies the Italian peninsula can provide, from meats and cheeses to pastas, wines, and a densely sweet, espresso-colored balsamic vinegar the clerks will insist you taste.

Next to the deli is Volpetti Piu, a tavola calda where servers dish up ample helpings of roast chicken, octopus salad, stuffed zuccini blossoms and rice balls for patrons in a plain, fluorescent-lit space. Tourists and Roman families crowd the tables, sipping hearty house wine and discussing the day's events between forkfuls of steaming fresh lasagne and stuffed tomatoes.
The Aventine Hill is only a Metro stop or two from Rome's most iconic tourist sights. But after a day of noise, crowds, fake gladiators outside the Colosseum, spilled gelato and cultural overload, there's no more peaceful place to retire. Climb wearily out of the Piramide metro stop. Walk past the ancient Aurelian Walls and the pyramid-shaped tomb of imperial official Caius Cestus (like you, a tourist, who had his burial place modeled on those of the Pharaohs after a visit to Egypt). Head up the cobbled street, past the giggling schoolchildren and the yellow mimosa branches trailing over the stone walls. Wander on to the crest of the hill, past the discreet polished brass placard marking the Egyptian Embassy to the Holy See. Across the street is a plain wall, with a few tourists standing around, their black-leather-jacket-clad taxi drivers chatting near their idling vehicles waiting a few yards down the street. Approach the ancient door to see what the other visitors are bending down to view. The door, perpetually locked, has a keyhole that perfectly frames a view of Saint Peter's dome hovering serenely over the gardens of the Knights of Malta.

The other tourists get back into their taxis, leaving the neighborhood to silence and the singing birds. But you'll be lucky enough to walk a block back to the San Anselmo.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

San Anselmo is one of a group of three hotels in a quiet residential area of Rome on Aventino hill. We have stayed in the other two, which are excellent, but this is by far the best. Our room was to die for, a four poster bed and spacious bathroom. The beauty of this hotel is outstanding. Beautifully furnished guest lounge rooms to relax in, lavish breakfast room and the outdoor areas are so charming and peaceful. After a busy day walking around Rome this is the place to come home to. Whilst the hotel is just a short distance from the centre of Rome (buses and the metro nearby) the location is perfect, quiet and with beautiful buildings all around. The hotel staff cannot be faulted, so helpful with restaurants recommendations, sightseeing, and car to airport. The only place to stay in Rome.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

A terrific hotel, great service, nice location - we had a great time!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel San Anselmo
Address: Piazza Sant'Anselmo 2, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Region: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Aventine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Rome
#18 Family Hotel in Rome
#24 Luxury Hotel in Rome
#25 Business Hotel in Rome
Price range (per night): $160 - $433
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Anselmo 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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